History Characters / ThePenguinsOfMadagascar

23rd Jun '17 3:38:19 AM Tightwire
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%%* DrivesLikeCrazy

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%%* DrivesLikeCrazyDrivesLikeCrazy: Rico is usually the driver of the team, which can cause problems when he gets distracted.



* MadBomber: He has periods when his first response to ''anything'' is to cough up a stick of dynamite and a match.

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* MadBomber: He has periods when his first response to ''anything'' is to cough up a stick of dynamite and a match.dynamite.



** In "Roger Dodger", as Roger is being pummelled offscreen by the rats, Rico stares at said beatdown, a blank smile on his face, his left eye twitching, and licks his beak at the end.

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** In "Roger Dodger", as Roger is being pummelled offscreen off-screen by the rats, Rico stares at said beatdown, a blank smile on his face, his left eye twitching, and licks his beak at the end.



* OverlyLongTongue: Possibly concealed within the StomachOfHolding most of the time.

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* OverlyLongTongue: Possibly concealed within the StomachOfHolding most Rico's tongue hangs out of the time.his mouth a lot.
23rd Jun '17 3:32:47 AM Tightwire
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* TheBigGuy: He's a bit sturdier than the other three.

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* TheBigGuy: He's a bit Not only is Rico physically sturdier than the other three.three, in "Sting Operation" his block of ice melts significantly faster than either Skipper or Private's, showing he's heavier than them too.
21st Jun '17 4:32:37 PM Tightwire
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* LeitMotif: Officer X has his own, instantly recognisable theme.
21st Jun '17 3:47:54 AM Tightwire
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* NightmareFetishist:
** Rico is perfectly happy with things that give the other penguins nightmares. Like serenely munching away on popcorn while watching a brutal NatureDocumentary with penguins getting gobbled up by leopard seals. And when Kowalski and Private are clearly horrified/nauseated at Skipper's broken flipper in "I Was a Penguin Zombie," Rico looks… a little too interested.

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* NightmareFetishist:
** Rico
NightmareFetishist: When something unpleasant is perfectly happy with things that give happening to somebody else - or even to them - the other penguins nightmares. may be horrified but Rico is more likely to stare with a big grin on his face. Sometimes it's just background but other times it's disturbingly obvious.
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Like Rico serenely munching away on popcorn while watching a brutal NatureDocumentary with penguins getting gobbled up by leopard seals. And when seals.
** When
Kowalski and Private are clearly horrified/nauseated at Skipper's broken flipper in "I Was a Penguin Zombie," Rico looks… a little too interested.
20th Jun '17 3:34:27 PM Tightwire
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* TheUnSmile: Skipper has at least once mentioned that it hurts to smile.
19th Jun '17 7:44:00 AM Tightwire
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* FreezeFrameBonus: In "Skipper Makes Perfect" when Skipper steals his file back from the Danes you can freeze on the file and learn some of what happened (most of which has been brought up at some point or other by Skipper already).



* NoodleIncident: The Danes don't like him for some reason.
** As one episode showed, it apparently had something to do with it ending in a fish-sword fight, among others.
14th Jun '17 3:47:55 PM Tightwire
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** TheSmartGuy: Kowalski

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** TheSmartGuy: KowalskiKowalski, of the MadScientist.



** ButtMonkey: Private.

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** ButtMonkey: Private.When it comes to being a diversion, or bait, Private tends to get the short end of the stick.



* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Except for Private, who is a straight up NiceGuy, these guys probably aren't the nicest animals in the Zoo and are prone to making selfish mistakes, but they will help others if they need to and they care about each other deeply.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Thanks to the {{Flanderization}}, Skipper is now an extremely paranoid leader with [[FantasticRacism prejusticed throughts towards mammals]], Kowalski is a nerdy InsufferableGenius, Rico is a psychopatic DumbMuscle who loves explosions and while Private may be the most normal of them, he is still prone to making silly and naive mistakes and is a CloudCuckooLander.
* TheTeam: Skipper is TheLeader, Kowalski is the combination of TheLancer and TheSmartGuy, Rico is TheBigGuy and Private is TheChick.

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* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Except for Private, who is a straight up NiceGuy, these guys probably aren't the nicest animals in the Zoo and are prone to making selfish mistakes, but they will help others if they are dedicated to helping animals in need to and stopping evil animals and they care about each other deeply.
* RagtagBunchOfMisfits: Thanks to the {{Flanderization}}, Skipper is now an extremely paranoid leader with [[FantasticRacism prejusticed throughts towards some prejudice against mammals]], Kowalski is a nerdy InsufferableGenius, Rico is a psychopatic DumbMuscle who loves explosions and while Private may be the most normal of them, he is still prone to making silly and naive mistakes and is a CloudCuckooLander.
* TheTeam: Skipper is TheLeader, Kowalski is the combination of TheLancer and TheSmartGuy, Rico is TheBigGuy and Private is TheChick.
CloudCuckooLander.



* UndyingLoyalty: While they have their fights from time to time, these guys are mostly loyal to each other.

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* UndyingLoyalty: While they have their fights arguments from time to time, these guys are mostly constantly loyal to each other.



The team genius and gadgeteer, voiced by Creator/JeffBennett. Kowalski builds all of the crazy technology that the other penguins use (and quite a lot that they don't use) and helps come up with plans.

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The team genius and gadgeteer, voiced by Creator/JeffBennett. Kowalski builds all of the crazy technology that the other penguins use (and quite use, and a lot of the tech that they don't use) and causes a lot of trouble for them too. He helps to come up with plans.plans - usually ones that are overly complicated - and is occasionally referred to as 'Lieutenant'.



* {{Adorkable}}: Especially when he's excited.

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* {{Adorkable}}: Especially when he's excited.excited about science.



* ShorterMeansSmarter: Inverted, as he's the tallest of the four.



The demolitions expert and Hammerspace of the team, voiced by Creator/JohnDiMaggio. Usually, he speaks in short grunts, but his speech has become a little more coherent in later episodes of the series. Rico's pretty much the quartermaster, armory, and storage of the team, capable of regurgitating pretty much anything the penguins need. To distinguish him from the similar Skipper, in the series Rico has a mohawk and a scar over his beak, possibly caused by hacking up too much stuff.

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The team demolitions expert and Hammerspace of the team, voiced by Creator/JohnDiMaggio. Usually, he speaks in short grunts, but his speech has become a little lot more coherent in later episodes of the series. Rico's pretty much the quartermaster, armory, and storage of the team, capable of regurgitating pretty much anything the penguins need. To distinguish him from the similar Skipper, in the series Rico has a mohawk and a scar over his beak, possibly caused by hacking up too much stuff.



* SingingVoiceDissonance: Later episodes add a running gag of him randomly singing "Fiiiiiiiiiissssh!" in a deep and clear voice.

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* SingingVoiceDissonance: Later episodes add a running gag of him randomly singing "Fiiiiiiiiiissssh!" in a deep and clear baritone voice.



* StomachOfHolding: He can spit up almost ''anything'' he or the other penguins need, and he can swallow almost anything and regurgitate it for later use. He has coughed up things ranging from paperclips and lit TNT, to an Air-To-Ground missile and platform. He's even capable of ''swallowing and regurgitating other characters safely.''

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* StomachOfHolding: He can spit up almost ''anything'' he or the other penguins need, and he can swallow almost anything and regurgitate it for later use. He has coughed up things ranging from paperclips and lit TNT, to an Air-To-Ground missile and platform. He's even capable of ''swallowing and regurgitating other characters safely.''
14th Jun '17 3:25:38 PM Tightwire
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* UncleanlinessIsNextToUngodliness: It is often suggested that along with his other bad habits, Rico smells bad or carries disease - in "Stop Bugging Me" he makes friends with cockroaches and in "Cradle And All" the penguins initially assumed that the smell of a soiled diaper was actually coming from him.
14th Jun '17 2:47:58 PM Tightwire
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* RuggedScar: The scar over Rico's beak helps to tell him apart, especially from Skipper. It wasn't there in the movies and mostly exists so that he's easier to tell apart from Skipper, whom he otherwise closely resembles.

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* RuggedScar: The scar over Rico's beak helps to tell him apart, especially from Skipper. It wasn't there in the movies and has never been explained in the series, mostly exists existing so that he's easier to tell apart from Skipper, whom he otherwise closely resembles.



* StomachOfHolding: He can spit up almost ''anything'' he or the other penguins need, and he can swallow almost anything and regurgitate it for later use. He has coughed up things ranging from paperclips and TNT, to an Air-To-Ground missile and platform. He's even capable of swallowing and regurgitating other characters safely.

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* StomachOfHolding: He can spit up almost ''anything'' he or the other penguins need, and he can swallow almost anything and regurgitate it for later use. He has coughed up things ranging from paperclips and lit TNT, to an Air-To-Ground missile and platform. He's even capable of swallowing ''swallowing and regurgitating other characters safely.''


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* TurnTheOtherCheek: Rico tends to forgive people quite easily for anything, with the general implication that he's done something similar. When Marlene went feral and attacked him outside the zoo, he had to stagger back into the zoo with her tying him up with his own tongue. Upon receiving her apology for going feral, he replied simply, "Meh, what you gonna do?"
10th Jun '17 9:20:05 AM Tightwire
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* AmbiguouslyJewish: Kowalski is a very common surname among Jewish immigrants, especially originating from Poland.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Refuses to believe in anything supernatural despite having witnessed things that science just can't cover, though to be fair encounters with things of genuine supernatural origin are rare for the Penguins and such things are either mundane in origin or are ambiguous enough in nature that Kowalski can refute them because evidence to the contrary can't be found. However he is surprisingly knowledgable of anything concerning cursed and possessed objects.

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* AmbiguouslyJewish: Kowalski is a very ''very'' common surname among Jewish immigrants, especially those originating from Poland.
Poland. Kowalski himself manages to hit a few Jewish stereotypes, including his knack for over-analysis and lyrical exaltation setting him close to his compatriots from Eastern Europe. Oh, and the shape of his head looks a little bit like a Kippah.
* ArbitrarySkepticism: Refuses to believe in anything supernatural despite having witnessed things that science just can't cover, though to be fair encounters with things of genuine supernatural origin are rare for the Penguins and such things are either mundane in origin or are ambiguous enough in nature that Kowalski can refute them because evidence to the contrary can't be found. However he is surprisingly knowledgable knowledgeable of anything concerning cursed and possessed objects.
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